Canada is already leading the way in making federal efforts and commitments to transition into a cleaner economy. Following that pathway, the Government of Canada today announced a $10 million commitment to recruit, train, and mentor up to 2,000 new energy advisors across the country. Particularly, new good middle-class jobs will be created to support the Canada Greener Homes Grant.
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This grant will provide as many as 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 each to help homeowners make energy-efficient improvements to their homes. In fact, all the processes will have the support of an EnerGuide evaluation, which gives homeowners a better understanding of how their home uses energy. Moreover, this assessment helps its users identify retrofits to help improve energy efficiency.
Accordingly, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, launched a call for proposals. Indeed, this initiative falls within a federal government’s $2.6 billion green retrofit program.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our homes is good for our wallets, good for the economy, and good for the planet. Thus, today’s call for proposals will help Canadians get the EnerGuide evaluations they need to make their homes more energy-efficient;” said The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr.
Minister of Natural Resources
The deadline for submitting proposals is July 8, 2021. Notably, Natural Resources Canada will schedule webinars with potential applicants to answer any questions and provide additional support. In addition, Canadians with limited internet access can contact the dedicated call centerline at 1-833-674-8282.
The government pointed out that the initiative must also closely reflect current Canada’s population. Thus, today’s call for proposals underscores the need for diversity and inclusion by specifically targeting under-represented groups.
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Accordingly, The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion, commented; “Today’s announcement is about creating good quality job opportunities that help us build back a stronger, more resilient, and inclusive economy.”
Therefore, “I am proud of the impact that this investment will have in getting more women, Indigenous Peoples; persons with disabilities, and racialized Canadians into the workforce”. Moreover, this investment takes an inclusive approach in helping us get closer to our climate goals. It also ensures that all Canadians have access to the skills training they need to succeed in the labor market.”
For instance, the initiative will look to mainly include women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2 communities, and racialized Canadians. In this sense, EnerGuide evaluations will be accessible for all Canadians, regardless of location.